Daily Archives: September 12, 2007

My Daddy Is Bigger Than Your Momma

The russians continue their recent saber waving with the announcement of a new bomb:

THE Russian military has successfully tested what it described as the world’s most powerful non-nuclear air-delivered bomb, Russia’s state television reported on Tuesday.

“The tests have shown that the new air-delivered ordnance is comparable to a nuclear weapon in its efficiency and capability,” said Colonel General Alexander Rukshin, a deputy chief of the Russian military’s General Staff, in televised remarks.
Unlike a nuclear weapon, the bomb doesn’t hurt the environment, he added.

Right, that little bit of show and tell in the above picture goes off and nothing happens except:

The Russian weapon’s blast radius is 990 feet, twice as big as that of the US design, the report said. Like its US predecessor, first tested in 2003, the Russian bomb is a “thermobaric” weapon that explodes in an intense fireball combined with a devastating blast.
It explodes in a terrifying nuclear bomb-like mushroom cloud and wreaks destruction through a massive shock wave created by the air burst and high temperature.

But, you know, no environmental damage…

The paranoid amongst us might even think that w and p are in cahoots with the military-industrial complex to turn up the heat so that they can create even more demand for military spending.